Being a homeowner, I’ve dealt with numerous home repair people over the years, and I’ve discovered that the biggest problem is finding people who will answer the phone, and then actually show up to do the work.
Here’s a pro tip to anyone out there thinking about starting a business related to home maintenance, improvement, etc.
- Answer the fucking phone.
- Show up and do the work to the best of your abilities.
There you go. That’s a million dollar bit of advice right there. If I was 20 years old again, I would forgo college and go in to carpentry, and then start my own business.
I’d make a fortune, because I would answer the phone and do the work well. The few people I know that actually follow that mantra are booked solid for years and are raking in the dough.
By the way, if the guy you call can do the work in 2 weeks (and is over the age of 22), don’t hire him. There’s a reason he doesn’t have work lined up. He sucks.
So, to all of you aspiring young men and women who want to start your own trade business, just follow that small bit of advice, and you will be guaranteed success.